The West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is a German Government funded capacity building program for climate change. It consists of Graduate Research Programs (GSPs) in six(6) and four (4) Masters Research Programs (MRPs) foremost Universities across West Africa.

On the 10th of August, 2010, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, was selected as the Lead University for the Graduate Research Program (GRP) in the West African Climate System (WACS). The program is for the training of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) students in all aspects of the West African Climate System.

On 23 January 2012, the GRP - WACS started formally with 10 students, one student from each West African WASCAL country. (Nigeria, Ghana, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso and the Gambia).


To be an international centre of excellence in training, research, and service delivery in Meteorology, Climate Science and related fields.


To produce well trained scientists needed to provide viable solutions to weather and climate related challenges globally and particularly in the West African sub-region.